This tutorial will show you how to add and remove allowed websites for Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.
Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn't require a child account or profile.
To create a safer browsing space for kids, Microsoft also enabled some privacy features by default when browsing in Kids Mode. These include setting Bing SafeSearch to Strict to help filter out inappropriate content from Bing search results, and setting tracking prevention to Strict to block a majority of trackers on sites. Clear browsing data on close has also been enabled which clears things like Cookies and other site data when Kids Mode closes. Kids Mode will not collect data for personalization of the news feed or other Microsoft services. These privacy settings for Kids Mode cannot be changed. Kids Mode also uses some of the privacy data settings from the profile of the adult who set it up, such as Windows Defender SmartScreen and diagnostic data settings. Windows Defender SmartScreen automatically blocks websites and content downloads that are reported to be malicious. These settings can be viewed and changed from the adult profile that launches Kids Mode.
While you don't have to be signed into the browser to do use Kids Mode, signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.
Kids can choose their own themes to personalize Kids Mode. The themes they apply in Kids Mode won't be applied to your normal browsing windows.
When a child visits a website not on the allow list, they'll encounter a block page. Once approved, only the specific website link on the block page will be available in the browsing session. You can only make changes to the allow list when you're outside of the Kids Mode browsing window and only from the profile that launches Kids Mode.
When you close or exit the Kids Mode window, Microsoft Edge will ask for the credentials of the account that opened the Kids Mode browsing window to approve leaving Kids Mode.
To improve end user experience and simplify the More tools menu, the Kids Mode feature is being deprecated starting with Microsoft Edge version 117.0.2045.9.
This option does now add websites to the "Allowed Websites" list Kids Mode.
This option only temporarily allows websites approved on demand to be visited during the current Kids Mode browsing session.
Open Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge.
When a child visits a website not on the allow list, they will get a block page like below. Click/tap on Get permission to allow visiting the website only during this current Kids Mode browsing session. (see screenshot below)
You will now need to enter the credentials of the user account that opened the Kids Mode browsing window to approve. (see screenshot below)
The block page will refresh and the website will be allowed for the current browsing session. (see screenshot below)
You can only make changes to the allow list while not in the Kids Mode browsing window.
Open Microsoft Edge.
Click/tap on the Settings and more (3 dots) button, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Family in the left pane, and click/tap on Manage allowed sites in Kids Mode under "Kids Mode" in the right pane.. (see screenshot below)
If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.
Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below to add or remove sites on the Allowed websites list.